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    General Tutorial [ 56k Warning ]

    Welcome too my General Tutorial

    Contents:


    Pivot:

    Getting to know pivot
    Abbreviations
    How to use pivot

    Saving:

    How to save

    Animating:

    Easing
    Stiffness
    Styles
    Gravity/Physics
    Realism

    Misc:

    Stick Making
    Uploading
    BB Codes

    Credits

    Special Thanks

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    Getting to know pivot:

    What is Pivot?
    Pivot is a animating program used for fun. Pivot was created by Peter Bone a great juggler.

    What Pivot version should I use?
    You should use Pivot version 2.25 - ToastMaster edited version (recommended) Download

    If you want too use sprites Use Pivot Version 3 (not recommended for animating stk but recommended for sprites) Download
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    Abbreviations:

    FFA
    Meaning: Free For All
    Info: The FFA is a competition where many people make animations and battle, much like the Fifa Word Cup. You have someone that you are against, and if you lose then you are eliminated, but if you win then you go onto the next round, and whoever is the last person still in the competition, wins.

    PW
    Meaning: Pivot War
    Info: A PW is where two people make animations where they use their sig stick and fight their opponents sig stick. And then the two competitors then post their animations and people vote whose animation is better, and who ever gets more votes, wins.

    MM
    Meaning: Mini Mod
    Info: A MM is like a moderator, only with more limited power. They have the ability to lock threads, and edit or delete posts, but only in certain sections. E.g. Like the Entrance hall, or the Beginnerís halls.

    CC
    Meaning: Constructive Criticism
    Info: Well look it up in the dictionary if you donít know what it means. :\

    Ani
    Meaning: Animation

    AOTM
    Meaning: Animation of the Month

    AOTF
    Meaning: Animation of the Fortnight

    SOTW
    Meaning: Stick/Signature of the Week
    Info: These are all names of competitions. There used to be weekly/monthly/fortnightly competitions where people submitted animations and sticks to win a prize.
    Uber thanks too Sir Wojack!
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    How to use Pivot:


    To learn How too use Pivot Read This Tutorial
    Getting to know how to use Pivot
    Thanks Jon From DD
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    Saving:

    How too save:

    Once you have finished your animation Press File. Then Click Save animation. Save it in piv. First.

    After you have saved it in Piv. form save it in Gif

    Then after you have pressed save a window should open up saying Gif Options

    Save It like this.
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    Animating:

    Easing:


    Easing is easy once you read this.
    Easing is when something starts of slow and gradually picks up speed. Take running for an example. You start of slow then start to speed up. Then after a while you will slowly slow down until you stop.

    Here is an example of easing:

    Download

    Here is another example just not moving:


    If your ready too move onto the next stage then heres another example:
    Link
    Thanks Lf2master
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    Stiffness:

    What do people mean by stiffness?

    Stiffness is an animation which is very stiff here is a example:

    Bad Example

    As you can tell the arm is very stiff and un-eased

    Here is a better example:

    better example

    Now this is better it is less stiff and more eased.
    Too make stks or what ever your animating unstiff all you have too do is pick or make your own style then make the animation flow together. For beginners I suggest picking a smooth style. After you've picked your style all you have too do is move most (not all) of the joints to make it less stiff.
    Credits too scythe
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    Styles:

    There are many different animating styles here is a list of them:

    Choppy
    Realistic
    Heavy
    Heavy Realism
    Exaggerated Realism
    Super Smooth
    Midgets
    Lanky
    Effects
    Movements
    Normal eased
    Flash style
    Jelly Style
    Cartoon

    Pick one of them or make up your own style and stick with it. Once you've become very good at animating with a certain
    style you can then pick another style.
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    Gravity/Physics:

    What is Physics?
    Physics is the stuff you need to know to make realistic animations, I covered this in the top of this post, but I'll say it again. Physics = What makes animations smooth and realistic. The first you should need to know when doing physics is gravity.

    What is Gravity?
    Gravity is a type of force that keeps thing down without gravity right now we would all be floating around and I won't be able too make this tut.

    Here is an example of Physics:

    link

    Here is an example of Gravity:

    link
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    Realism/Stances:

    What is Realism?
    Realism is something that look real (pretty obvious)

    Here is a picture of un-realism stance:


    Here is a picture of a more realistic stance:


    See the difference?
    If you make your animations unrealistic you will most likely be ranked a low beginner even if you animated like a pro.
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    Misc:

    Stick Making:


    How do I make stks?
    Well first of all you have too go too the edit option


    Then click File. Then click new.


    You can then go ahead and make what ever you want.
    But before you do you need too have Edit mode on or else you won't be getting anywhere. Edit mode allows you too change the length of the figure you are using.



    If you are going too become a stk maker then all you have too do is start with making bases (a basic stk with 1 or more backbones) then start to develop your bases into stks with armor.

    Making a base stk:
    Making a base stk is actually very simple all you have too do is make the body first (I recommend 1 backbone much easier too animate with) then just make the head, add arms and finally add legs. Also you could add feet too make it more realistic.

    Making a more complex stk:
    I'm going too tell you something that happens too a lot of stk makers they always put the armor attached to one red dot so when they move the arm or body or whatever the armor doesn't come with it. too stop this from happening all you have too do is attached the armor the stk/figure too the furthest red dot that is going out from the body.
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    Uploading:

    Here are 3 of the most commonly used uploaders


    http://www.imageshack.us


    http://www.filecram.com

    http://www.pivothost.org

    after you have saved your animation in Gif go too one of these site and upload them its as simple as that. If you vist the site it's pretty much self explanatory.
    After you hosted it you can now put it on websites such as:
    http://www.Darkdemon.org
    http://www.droidz.org
    http://www.yaffletoonz.com
    The letter used for italic letters, is I.
    alt+i is also a quick shortcut.
    The closer for italic letters, is [/ i] without the space.
    If you follow that, you should end up with text like this!
    Here is a code example:

    Code:
    Read this Tut!
    final product:
    Read this Tut!

    How to Underline your Text!

    The letter used to underline your text is U.
    alt+u is a shortcut to get the same effect
    The closer is [/ u] but without the space.
    Here is an example:

    Code:
    I hope you like my tutorial
    Final product:
    I hope you like my tutorial

    How to Quote someoneís reply!

    A lot of people ask a common question:
    How do you properly quote someone?
    Well, they dont ask exactly that, but this is the solution to that question!
    To start off a quote, you start with [quote(bracket).
    But, if you want to properly quote someone, you would type this:

    Code:
    [quote]
    The closer for a quote is [/ quote] but without the space.
    Here is an example:

    Code:
    Quote Originally Posted by Skype
    don't bump old topics, check the dates.
    final result:
    Quote Originally Posted by Skype
    don't bump old topics, check the dates.
    How to make Codes!

    To start a code, you use [code(bracket).
    Then, you type a code...or just type something.
    You close it with [/ code] but without the space.
    Example:

    [c ode] This is an example[/code]
    type that and u get this:
    Code:
    This is an example
    How to add an Image to your signature, threads, replies, etc.

    Images are probably the most commonly confused of the codes...especially with the new folk.
    Now, to start, you need to type [img(bracket).
    Next, you need to type a URL address, preferably from filecram, imageshack, photobucket, etc.
    The closer is [/ img] without the space.
    Here is an example:

    Code:
    end result:


    Url codes

    Url code are mostly used to tidy up thing. like the layout for example.

    If you remove the space, you get something like this:
    [url=http://www.avatarstock.com/img/Cardiac-Heart_5058.gif[/url]
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    Credits:

    Scythe
    Phoenix
    Sir Wojack
    Lf2master
    Imageshack
    Filecram
    Pivothost
    Yaffletoonz
    Dumbbob/Ultrabob
    Head Hunter/Rob
    J3ST3R
    Plan B
    Scythe
    Lemonade
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    Special Credits:


    http://www.Droidz.org
    http://www.darkdemon.org
    http://www.yaffletoonz.org
    http://www.pivothost.org
    Anthony/Mars101/DarkOchid
    Ultrabob/Dumbbob
    Peter Bone (The maker of pivot)
    And My self ^_^

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    Awesome tutorial, this will help TONS of beginners. You explained everything well and gave great examples. I'd have never took the time to do this.

    MASTER LIST IT, GUISE.

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    sweet tut man keep working

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    thanxs
    for this tut man

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    Clappity McClappy Clap.

    Well done, I thought the example on the gravity thing was a little bit of, but well done

    M TO THE A TO THE STER LIST.
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    Great man! real great i liked it. One problem, when you got to the uploading section you didn't tell them any proper way to save as GIF you just said save as GIF, the proper way would be to go to save file, select GIF from the drop down list, the menu will pop up, uncheck merge and palette, make the frame delay 6, and shrink frames by 1/2. But thats the only problem, I don't see why we wouldn't master list this. Good Job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Santy
    Great man! real great i liked it. One problem, when you got to the uploading section you didn't tell them any proper way to save as GIF you just said save as GIF, the proper way would be to go to save file, select GIF from the drop down list, the menu will pop up, uncheck merge and palette, make the frame delay 6, and shrink frames by 1/2. But thats the only problem, I don't see why we wouldn't master list this. Good Job!
    He did. The first two images in the whole tut.

    Anyway, I think it's a great tut, but all these things have been done before, except maybe showing links to the different uploading sites. That's the only reason I'm not shure this should be masterlisted.

    Needless to say, good job!

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    It's good, but some of the code is off (center doesn't work on the forum), and the physics example isn't very properly executed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stick_Maniac
    Quote Originally Posted by Santy
    Great man! real great i liked it. One problem, when you got to the uploading section you didn't tell them any proper way to save as GIF you just said save as GIF, the proper way would be to go to save file, select GIF from the drop down list, the menu will pop up, uncheck merge and palette, make the frame delay 6, and shrink frames by 1/2. But thats the only problem, I don't see why we wouldn't master list this. Good Job!
    He did. The first two images in the whole tut.

    Anyway, I think it's a great tut, but all these things have been done before, except maybe showing links to the different uploading sites. That's the only reason I'm not shure this should be masterlisted.

    Needless to say, good job!
    LMAO fuck im a retard, i guess i forgot as I read onwards. Grr
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